Daedalus

4.5
245 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Tucked in a converted greenhouse, Daedalus is a casual restaurant that serves New American cuisine and drinks in spacious surrounds. The restaurant's menu changes to reflect the season. Diners rave about the crab cake sandwich, the buffalo tenders and the Daedalus burger.

A neighborhood favorite, Daedalus boasts a roof deck that delivers a lovely view of Harvard square. It also hosts two bars (one located on each floor)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 245 people are saying
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JacobS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Just making more comfortable seating, but the place was fantastic all around.

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vipCambridgeZach
New England
68 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As is usually the case, we enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service. Definitely our to-go place.

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Nakita
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and price was to be expected. Our server, Luna, was lovely and the decor and vibe was beautiful. Will be coming back

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TiffanyBoston
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good restaurant
Good service
Good food
Beautiful terrace

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kris
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brian was our server and he did an excellent job. The fish chips were very good, as was the soft shell crab salad. Tasty wine. Cute booth.

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Cantabridgian
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food is pretty good, but the real draw is the roof terrace, sublime on a lovely evening. Even on a slightly misty evening, it was great.

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vipJulieW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Cambridge to dine outdoors. The appetizers are delicious, the ambience excllent and waitstaff friendly. I highly recommend this venue.

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MarleneM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really inviting restaurant. I loved the proportions of the food. Just enough.

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EVOYS
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was attentive, kind, and knowledgeable. Even through the pouring rain.

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vipCambridgeZach
New England
68 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had one of the best specials yet. A delicious haddock dish. As always, we continue to be WOWED by the food and service.

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DocBaha
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Family had a great time. Wait staff could not have been better.

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SkyB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff :) I was also able to make my meal vegan which was awesome.

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vipCambridgeZach
New England
68 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, another great meal thanks to great food and excellent service.

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StephenS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Surf and turf was a bit underwhelming for the price. Two scallops and a similar sized piece of meat. Other options looked better.

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Long
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

I hate to even write reviews like this, but something was off last night! We were seated, and then it took 35 minutes for water to arrive, another 15 minutes for our drink order to be taken...30 minutes later our drinks arrived (a beer and a mocktail)...then they took our appetizer order, which took 30 minutes to come....then 25 minutes later we are waiting for someone to take our entree order...which took ONE HOUR TO ARRIVE. I mean it was intense- literally tables were turning over 3x by the time they took our food order. It took well over 3 hours for us to finally finish our entire meal. The server comped some dessert for us "because the food took too long to arrive", but like, really he never took our order. I can't say that I will go back since the meal was expensive for the service provided. I should also note that it was not busy- and literally all the tables surrounding us had turnover of at least 2-3 parties so it's not like no one was getting served.

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Lightandlove
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We loved the ambience, we adored our waiter, Lydia, we felt we were in Europe (My husband is Dutch!). The outdoor space is wonderful, and the wonderful were very good. Both my grilled asparagus and the scallops were excellent. Only the pork disappointed-- and the price seemed steep (We had 5 drinks though!). A very fun night!

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CaeliG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The roof deck is a beautiful place to dine. The décor on the roof is lovely.

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BethM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and great service. Can't beat the roof deck, too!

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IrinaL
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Poor service. Once they brought food, never checked if needed anything else. Had to chase both waitresses for check. Host refused to sit us at 4 top table even though the patio was empty. Sat at a tiny table with barely enough room for plates. Later saw them sit 2 people at a 4 top (the exact table where I requested to sit.) food however was excellent.

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LisaTP
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to visit Daedulus for the first time since the shutdown. It was everything I remembered it to be and more. The service is impeccable (ask for Ricky, he was the best), the food is amazing as always, and the rooftop deck is the best spot in the square. It is so nice to see familiar faces and comfortable spaces. Thank you, Daedalus for an amazing experience...as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and variety in the menu!

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Was very disappointed - the salmon was awful and the pear salad had no flavor.
Overpriced food. Plus the service was bad.

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vipHowardS
New England
30 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Generally good cooking. Some dishes better than others but all in all a very good restaurant. The rooftop dining area in summer is wonderful. We'll be back.

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RoyG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting a friend on the rooftop. Perfect weather, excellent service. I’ll come back soon.

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vipCambridgeZach
New England
68 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As is always the case at Daedalus, the food and service was excellent. The specials continue to WOW us, and it remains our go-to place for get-together events with friends.

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TL27
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, service are all lovely though I really wish there was a way to reserve outdoor seating. I’ve made reservations and requested it multiple times but always get seated indoors.

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Ernie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and drinks!! I did request a patio spot in my reservation and when we got there they weren’t able to put us outside but we still had a great time. Delicious salmon tacos!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were seated in the back patio section upon arriving at Daedalus. The patio had great umbrellas and flower pots. However, when our waiter arrived with water glasses, one of the glasses still had someone’s chapstick or lip marks on it which is particularly disturbing coming out of a global pandemic. The glasses should probably be inspected after they are cleaned and before they are brought to guests. I ordered a sangria which was very good, but when it arrived at the table, the slices of green apple that were on top were all brown - not particularly appetizing. We ordered the salmon and the burger. The salmon looked well cooked and fresh, but the burger must have been sitting in the kitchen for a while because the bottom bun was completely soggy and the top was stale. I was looking forward to my first visit to Daedalus and was unfortunately disappointed by the quality of food and hygiene.

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NofoFoodie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Patio is fantastic and the main reason I went here. Food was fine but sharing menu for appetizers is very limited. Wait staff very friendly. Bartender however was not skilled in cocktail or mixed drinkmaking and could also use more training on bottle service.

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JonathanM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks with really friendly service. Will definitely have to come back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious ambiance peao

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great night out- welcome back from COVID!! Exactly what a dining out experience should be!

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anonymous
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

I was excited to return to Daedalus after a pandemic-long hiatus. I made a reservation in advance. I indicated on the online reservation + via follow-up phone call to check whether rooftop seating could be accommodated. And if not, I wanted to know that the indoor seating would be fairly open- open windows, door, breeze. Important factors to me as we trend away from pandemic mode, and while on a date. On the phone, was told roof deck is first come first serve, but they would try to accommodate, and that yes the indoor seating was fairly open.

However, our party of 2 was seated on the main floor, tucked around the corner. At a small wobbly table pushed up against the wall, very close to the the booths which were full. Next to a booth seating a family with young kids and a booth of young high school/college boys. It was a bit distracting to be seated so close to others, was a bit loud, and the windows were not open- no breeze. Not an ideal vibe for a date.The rooftop or even breezy rooftop adjacent top floor I had been day dreaming about was not an option. That was disappointing. The server was friendly enough and the food was yummy (calamari, truffle risoto, pear + brie salad), but unfortunately it was somewhat overshadowed by the above factors. I had hoped making a reservation in advance would get us closer to the ambiance I was craving but unfortunately did not.

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Erin
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great environment, good food, beautiful patio, attentive service!!

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Cambridgejcarol
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Love the second floor skylight room.

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vipCambridgeZach
New England
68 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another dinner with great food, great service, and an enjoyable atmosphere on the deck. Never disappointed!

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Prasad
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Bit pricey for the quality of food

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YaelM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The food was ok, but overpriced. The atmosphere was dull, it was not fun or energetic, really depressing.

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vipRachelO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The rooftop is perfect for a date night. Appetizers and drinks were delicious.

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Meghan
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and even the other servers and hosta we interacted with were simply wonderful, pleasant people
The food was amazing and we loved dining on the rooftop for the sunset into the evening!

FAQs

Daedalus is rated 4.5 stars by 245 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.